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Lift points for Altimas

When I use my floor jack and jack stands, I typically jack the car up about 6 inches behind the lift point in order to make room for the jack stand to fit under the lift point. The problem is this bends the undercarriage (see pics). Is there somehwhere else I can jack the car up or put the jack stands that I don't know about?





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I believe their is a thread called "Jacking points." Search for it and you'll see a nice little diagram that may help you out.

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The blip in red is where I lift the front end from. It is on the subframe
"jacked" from that thread..

i've been using the garage jack points


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See that spot with the two notches right by the jack stand head? That's your reinforced area. Use that spot and you'll be good. There's areas like that on front and rear.



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I jack the rear up from that point in the diagram. The front I jack up at the section where the frame connects....Its just off to the left (off the pic) where you have your safety jack.

I wish I could find the jack point specified in the diagram for the front. It's a bitch to jack up the front with it lowered. I almost hit my rocker panels and mudguards.



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I'm bumping this question. I see what txA&M is saying; when he jacked up his car to put it on stands, he can't use the notched location 'cuz that's were he's going to put the stands. So he's jacking up the car just beside the notched area and that's chewing up the undercarriage.

I'm extending his question. Using the notched area to jack up the car, what main structural member can be used to put the stands? The OM mentions using a main structural member but doesn't specify what or where. I don't want to put the weight of the vehicle on some suspension component that is going to bend or fail under the load. Pics would be helpful if possible. I'm planning to do some work on the front end so knowing were to place the stands for the front would be great. Thanks.



EDIT: I just found another thread on this that answers my question and includes pics so FYI:
http://www.nissanclub.com/forums/200...ng-points.html

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WOOT! I somehow missed that post on the thread you posted....I couldve used that yesterday when changing oil and had to move cars around cause they were too close on my sides....I hope my floor jack clears my front bumper enough to jack from there.

THANKS!

I added in the photo where I jack the rear up at....

RED SQUARES are where to place the jack, then place the safety stands where specified on the notches everyone is talking about.




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Huge thanks to bt2580 (and vsupra123 for his coloring skills )!

I've been looking for something like this for a long time. Funny thing is I've had the FSM for years, but could never understand how to get my jack to where they have circled for the front.

On a side note, I'd like to request this be added to the FAQ section. As stated above I've looked for this info for quite awhile. I guess it could be my fault for how I was searching (didn't specifically request the title of the thread so I got dozens of pages of results), but I found the original post on jacking points and lift points which didn't really provide this level of detail.

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You should really be thanking bt2580. He originally posted the pic with the red square in the front. I just added the one in the rear.



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Summary of Jack Stand Points threads

I'm a newby to cars, so I'm going to attempt to summarize the many forum threads on how and where to use jack stands.

Your scissors jack is for changing tires. You put them on the frame rail between the two notches, as it says on the scissors jack instructions. If you use your scissors jack to raise your car, you cannot put your jack stands in the same frame rail place between the two notches. Using jack stands on another part of the frame rail near the notches might bend your frame rail (see pics above), unless you have special jack stand adapters (see below diagram) specifically made for the contour of the frame rail.

You need a floor jack, which you can put on the garage jack points or on the red coloured locations in the above diagrams, on the midline of the car. Once jacked up you can put your jack stands on the 4 frame rail areas between the two notches.


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the reason the metal is bending is because you need a jack stand adapter (pinch weld adapter) .

this will solve the problem .





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WOOT! I somehow missed that post on the thread you posted....I couldve used that yesterday when changing oil and had to move cars around cause they were too close on my sides....I hope my floor jack clears my front bumper enough to jack from there.

THANKS!

I added in the photo where I jack the rear up at....

RED SQUARES are where to place the jack, then place the safety stands where specified on the notches everyone is talking about.


Is it really safe to jack the car in the front red point? It looks like too close to the radiator
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you have a sub frame there that is steel if you have a 3rd gen altima when you look under the front you will see a little "bump"(may even be the same on the 4th gen) thats where i put my jack and then my jack stand go on either side i have been doing it for years and i have no issues as for the rear i didnt know that was an actual specified place to jack it up but i have also been using that for years
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Oh no, I just realized I am in forum 02-06 altima. Sorry for wasting your time because I drive a 01 altima. And on 01 I really don't think it is a good idea to jack that part....very thin steel...
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bahahaha. you can use that point! just jack it at the cross member bolts.

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